Saint Edwards Seminary

Name:  Saint Edwards Seminary

Location:  Kenmore, Washington

Size:  Existing building:  82,000 SF; Sitework:  Undefined

Cost:  Sitework:  $2.4 million

Completion:  2009

Located on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, Saint Edward Seminary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1976 the building and grounds were sold to the State of Washington and became Saint Edward State Park.

Work was commissioned by Washington State Parks & Recreation to analyze its history and condition, and prepare an Historic Structures Report with recommendations for stabilization, preservation and adaptive re-use. State funding is quite limited, therefore a focus on prioritizing needs, carefully reviewing existing conditions to minimize unknowns, and avoiding “scope creep” was essential. The first phase of site drainage work and building stabilization was completed in June of 2009. Work of this phase focused on arresting water intrusion and included a new storm drainage system, installation of new foundation drains and surface drains (French Drain), complete foundation waterproofing and insulation, exterior stair and ornamental wrought iron handrail restoration, and new landscaping including the restoration of formal historic plantings and the use of native species in appropriate areas. Future phases of work, which include seismic stabilization, exterior restoration, and adaptive reuse for future tenants, will proceed as funding becomes available.

Images and description courtesy of Bassetti Architects.  QA/QC and technical design review work completed by Brian Rich at Bassetti Architects.